Fab Feature – Lacquer & Linen

A few months ago I featured this fabulous boys nursery room from Orchard Girls. Well, I have an equally fabulous girls nursery room for you today from Lacquer & Linen. I actually found this by accident when I was looking for ideas to make over an Ikea dresser I have. Upon following the link I stumbled onto the beautiful room that Sarah created for her baby girl and fell in love.

Want to know why?

It’s because Sarah and I share a dislike for the color pink.

Even though I don’t want kids, back in the day I thought I did want them and I actually stressed over what I would do for nursery colors if I had a girl. I hate pink! I love how Sarah combined the white and grey neutrals (my faves) with coral to give it a girly vibe without looking like pink cotton candy exploded everywhere. It’s just fabulous! Plus, she DIYed a lot of projects which gets her major points in my book.

Please pin this awesomeness from the original source by clicking on the photo.

Please pin this awesomeness from the original source by clicking on the photo.

Okay can I just say how much I absolutely adore that light??? Omg!

And that wingback rocking chair??? We love wingbacks in our house and I love to rock or swing. I’d want this in my house even without a kiddo to rock in it (I can rock the cats right??).

Please pin this awesomeness from the original source by clicking on the photo.

Please pin this awesomeness from the original source by clicking on the photo.

Oh and here’s the Ikea Hemnes dresser makeover that originally brought me to Sarah’s blog. Isn’t it fabulous? I can’t wait to do something similar with some Ikea dressers we have in our master bedroom.

Want to see more photos of this fabulous space or some of Sarah’s other great projects?  Go check out Lacquer & Linen today!

Master Bedroom… Decisons Are Made!!!

inspiration photo

So I think we’ve finally figured it out!  We’ve found a picture that both my husband and I can agree on for our master bedroom.  Even better, the bed we’ve already purchased is nearly identical to the one pictured.  Yippee!  My inspiration picture (above) is from Gary Riggs Home via Pinterest.

We already have the bed.  It’s the Erin Cute as a Button Bed from World Market. 

erin cute as a button bed

We also have our nightstands and a dresser.  They’re all from Ikea. 

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

and

2 Malm 3-drawer chests (used as nightstands)

2 Malm 3-drawer chests (used as nightstands)

We’ve pretty much decided that instead of lamps on the nightstands, we’d rather have these Ribba Frames with overhead Lights in aluminum. 

ribba aluminum frame

ribba aluminum led light

In keeping with the grey, lavender, and yellow theme of our inspiration picture, these are some pictures I’m considering for the Ribba frames. 

Yellow Wheat

Yellow Wheat

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Lavender Blossom Branch

Lavender Blossom Branch

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Chrysanthemum Macro Photograph

Chrysanthemum Macro Photograph

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Stair Flowers

Stair Flowers

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Liriope Blooms

Liriope Blooms

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Yellow Ranunculus

Yellow Ranunculus

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Yellow Autumn Leaves

Yellow Autumn Leaves

I know I don’t want the same photo in each frame but I do want for the photos to be similar colors.  I think it’ll take a while to find exactly what I’m looking for.  Then again, we could do black and white…

As far as bedding is concerned, I’ve found the following:

Barbara Berry Quilt in Dusk

Barbara Berry Quilt in Dusk

and this

Stella Quilt

Stella Quilt

and this

Nostalgia Quilt

Nostalgia Quilt

I haven’t had much luck finding other grey-ish lavender coverlets.  Apparently this is going to take some intensive searching on my part. 

I also found these throw pillows:

Gold Velvet Throw Pillow

Gold Velvet Throw Pillow

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Tornado Velvet Throw Pillow

Tornado Velvet Throw Pillow

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Chinchilla Pillow (not real!)

Chinchilla Pillow (not real!)

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Benito Pillow

Benito Pillow

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Purple Corner Scrolls

Purple Corner Scrolls

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Velvet Bergdorf

Velvet Bergdorf

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We still want to incorporate this Cuddler Chair from Z Gallerie with a throw (like the one that follows).

cuddler chair

Saffron Cable Knit Throw

saffron cable knit throw

We’ll definitely need lighting behind that cuddle chair and I think this light is right up our alley.

dexter floor lamp

In the picture, there’s a nifty yellow chair similar to this Valencia Club Chair in Butter.  I’m not sure if we’d actually have space for this chair but it’s possible. 

Valencia Club Chair, Butter

Where I get stuck is this… our floors are not that rich, warm wood tone like in our inspiration photo.  Instead, they’re a light cream color similar to this below:

cottage cream

Because the color is so similar to that of the bed, I want to use a darker rug to anchor the room.  I’m leaning towards grey.  If I choose grey, however, then what color do I paint the walls?  Do I use a light cream like the photo?  A light grey?  A grey-ish lavender?  I’m at a loss. 

Here are some rugs I’m considering:

Damask Grey Rug

Damask Grey Rug

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Calum Grey Rug

Calum Grey Rug

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Shag Grey Rug

Shag Grey Rug

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The Wild Grey Rug

The Wild Grey Rug

And last but certainly not least… I’m considering doing this ‘above the headboard’ treatment with a white sheer and some sort of sunburst mirror. 

above the bed treatment

What do you think?  I’d love your suggestions.

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

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Window Shopping Wednesday – The Divine Chair

So the husband and I have been searching and searching for a wingback chair for him.  As I mentioned previously, we think we like this one.  It’s expensive though so we’re looking for alternatives.  This weekend, we went to Ikea to pick up a few goodies for Christmas and we came across their new wingback chairs.  It’s grey, which we wanted, but it’s really low to the ground which makes it a no-go for the hubby.  Sigh.  $279 was looking much better than $1000.

Anyheezie… after our little Ikea trip we were driving to dinner and we passed by a thrift store that had this super nifty chair sitting outside – it looked like it was something straight out of Alice in Wonderland

alice in wonderland chair

(like this one above except I’m fairly certain it was tufted brown leather).  My friend L who was with us freaked.  I thought she might crawl out my cars passenger window.  She loved that chair and said if there was any way she could get it back to Dallas then she would!  (I’m sad to say – we didn’t actually stop to buy the chair).

This got me thinking about chairs in general; they can be plain and functional but they can also be statement pieces.  This brings me to this weeks Window Shopping Wednesday where we’re featuring a shop that specializes in statement chairs.  These babies are works of art.

This weeks featured shop:  The Divine Chair and they are divine!

This Andi chair would be fabulous in a modern bachelorettes pad.  I just love the funky shape of this chair!

andi chair

If you like things a little more muted then these Beba chairs would be right up your alley.  I can definitely see these in a bedroom sitting area or even as dining room chairs.

Beba

These Tina chairs just make me happy.  These would be absolutely stunning as the ‘head’ chairs at a dining room table.

tina

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m really into the peacock trend.  If this Donal chair had either turquoise, royal blue, or a deep purple instead of the red/orange/yellow then this baby would be coming to live at my house.  Even with the red/orange/yellow, this chair is fab.

donal

And speaking of trends, if chevron is your thing then this Apple chair is for you.

apple

Make sure you go check out The Divine Chair today!!

Master Bedroom Update – The Plan

So we have some new goodies in our house.  We’re still renovating (here and here) and we’ve basically just started (hubby just started pulling wallpaper off the soon-to-be master bedroom/bathroom) but we’ve already purchased some new items for our bedroom, living room, and dining room. 

We’d like to get the master bed/bath done first, then get the yards (front and back) prepped for spring planting.  Afterwards, we plan to work on the dining room and living room and then the rest of the house.  Or, at least that’s the plan for now.  Lord knows it could change tomorrow. 

For the bedroom we purchased this cutie.  It’s the Cute as a Button bed from World Market. 

We already own this Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer Chest

We’re not entirely sure what we’re going to do for nightstands at this time.  We don’t want to use the ones we already have.  BUT, I have a fabulous idea for nightstand lighting.  We’re going to pair these Ribba Frames in Walnut from Ikea with the Ribba LED Picture Lights in Aluminum.  We haven’t decided on art yet but we could put anything in those frames until then – fabric, scrapbook paper, wallpaper, photos we already have, you name it!

Also – no clue on bed sheets but I’m thinking we’ll pick a color (possibly royal blue?) from the buttons and use those for sheets and we may just go with a plain white duvet cover and a colorful throw. 

I’m sincerely contemplating these Tejn Faux Sheepskin rugs from Ikea for either side of the bed as well.  I have no clue what actual area rug we’ll use but I think these would be really nice to sink your toes into first thing in the morning.

I mentioned I didn’t know what area rug we’d use but I am really loving this White Chevron rug by Joseph Abboud.

Then we’d like to add this Cuddler Chair from Z Gallerie in a camel color fabric (it’s been on my wishlist FOREVER).

We’re also planning on putting this Enzo Floor Lamp (or something similar) behind the Cuddler Chair.

I’m also working on a project that I’m hoping we’ll be able to find room for in our master but if not, it can definitely go in the sunroom.  Can’t wait to share that with you soon too. 

What do you think?  Is this going to come together ok?  I’m much more confident about this space than I am about the Living Room.  Come back Monday for a peek!

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~ Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

Are you an Ikea fan?  I am.  I totally am.  Some of their stuff is cheap and not worth buying.  Other stuff though, totally worth it.  A while back mom and I were wandering through Ikea (I can’t even remember what for now) and we found this guy…

The Ikea Socker Greenhouse

Isn’t he adorable?!?!  I just *HAD* to have him.  So I paid for him and he went home with me.  I knew immediately what flowers I planned to put in him.  African violets.  Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment.  I went with Hubs to Lowes and we picked up 4 of them plus pots and special potting mix.

Here’s what I will say – getting this sucker together was not easy.  I totally had to stop at one point for fear of breaking it and get the Hubs to help me out.  Truthfully, if it didn’t entail a thirty minute drive, I probably would have exchanged the greenhouse for another one.  We kept getting snagged on a bent part and Hubs had to manually unbend it without ripping the whole thing to shreds.  In the end, he got it to work.  It doesn’t close perfectly but I’m ok with that.  He’s still freaking cute.

He’s hanging out right now in our dining room.

Close -up

His perch in our dining room.

Opening the top

Flower close-up

Truth is, I potted this sucker at least a month ago and guess what?  The flowers all died.  Just the flowers though… the foliage is still looking great.  I’m fairly certain the reasoning for this is a lack of humidity.  This is where the whole thing about this greenhouse being damaged from the get-go comes into play.  I’m going to try something different with them to raise their humidity level (filling the ‘saucers’ with rocks and water, then placing the plants on top).  Hopefully it’ll help.  If not, this may mean that I have to find another plant that will thrive.

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs, Skip to My Lou, and Chef in Training.

As well as…


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